As the summer approaches, Joe Robach office can provide residents about the dangers of lyme disease and how to prevent it.  Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria that is spread by the bite of an infected tick.  Lyme disease can affect the skin joints, nervous system and heart.  When detected it can be treated, it can often cause serious health problems. 
Joe Robach office can give you information about the symptoms of lyme disease .  Lyme disease is often hard to diagnose because is has various symptoms that are seen in many other illnesses.  Early symptoms appear anywhere from three to 30 days after the bite of an infected tick.  In 60 to 80 percent of the cases, a red rash develops within a few days to a few weeks after the bite of an infected tick.  Left untreated it can spread into the central nervous system, heart and/or joints. 

The office of Joe Robach knows that prevention is key to avoiding lyme disease.  Generally, ticks do not jump or fly onto their victims.  They wait on vegetation and cling to animals and humans that brush by.  While there is no way to protect yourself fully from being bitten by a tick while in an infested area, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk.  They are:  stay in the center of trails and paths – don’t brush on vegetation that you can avoid; wear long pants and shirts and tuck the legs into your socks; wear light colored and tightly woven clothing; use repellants; check yourself, your children and animals frequently. 

If you do find a tick attached to your skin, do not panic.  Not all ticks are infected, and your risk is greatly reduced if removed before 36 hours.  To remove the tick, use a pair of tweezers and pull firmly and steadily outward.  Clean the bite would with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.  For more information about lyme disease contact the office of Joe Robach